In the past, there was a clear division on work area and your residence, in regard of design elements. Namely, home was a soft cozy space surrounded by a white picket fence, while your 9 to 5 job usually took place in a confined work-oriented environment that strived to let everyone know that they are in the place where work is priority.
The problem with this approach is that with the option of telecommute, not a lot of people would willingly choose to work within an office. This problem, gave a birth to a solution known as resimercial interior design, which is a crossover between a residential and commercial space (as the name suggests). Its goal is to try and provide you with the best of both worlds.
1. Cozy furniture for long working hours
Even though millennials are often dismissed as lazy, the truth is that nowadays people work more than ever before. Sure, office hours are more or less the same and there were some workaholics back in the day, as well, however, more and more people bring their work home. With the help of the internet and present-day tools one can easily wrap things up once they get home, however, this isn’t necessarily the best course of action out there, seeing as how it robs you of your free time. Even though you came back home more than two hours ago, you somehow still feel like you’re in the office.
In order to avoid this, you could simply stay at work for a couple of hours and wrap things up. With resimercial design, more and more people feel encouraged to do so. Moreover, by installing cozy furniture within the office (like an ergonomic sofa or armchair), you are making sure that people are comfortably seated while working. Apart from feeling great, it also brings some health benefits, seeing as how irregular seating position often causes posture and back problems.
2. Keeping it functional
A first great difference between outfitting your home and outfitting a home-like office lies in its functionality. At home, you can feel more freedom when it comes to accessorizing, while in the office you should always focus on functionality. For this reason alone, more and more people decide to stick with minimalist design. Apart from allowing an easier maneuverability around the place it also means that you will have to spend less money furnishing it. If, however, you already have more furniture than you need, you might want to look for specialized storage units in your area and deposit it there until you can figure out what to do with it. Your choice usually comes down to selling, donating or discarding completely.
3. It’s still not a real home
Working from home brings a greater comfort, yet it has its downsides, as well. You see, at home, there’s nothing preventing you from standing up in the middle of your work hours and deciding to watch the latest episode of your favorite TV show. In the office, even one designed in resimercial way, this is not an option. In other words, when we said that it gives you the best of both worlds, we took that at a face value. Greater comfort, greater quality of seating and less distractions. After all, a resimercial office is still an office and this comes with all the advantages.
4. A change in mindset
On the other hand, resimercial workplace is not just about design, it is also about the mindset. You see, the atmosphere around the resimercial work space is supposed to be a bit more laid back. Some companies even allow an occasional glass of wine at work, like you would do if you were to take some of the extra work back home. All in all, this trend doesn’t simply try to change the nature of a traditional office, it stands to completely revolutionize it. Nevertheless, it is easy to see how this idea could backfire if you’re not careful.
5. Emphasis on durability
One more thing you need to keep in mind is that the decoration of this place isn’t necessarily the same as the decoration of your home. You see, furniture in an office see a lot more traffic than those at home, therefore, you need to focus on durability. Even if you are the most welcoming host in the world, your home rugs will never see as much foot traffic as those in the office, which is why they need to be of a higher quality. This again, means that you will need a bit more substantial budget to outfit the place.
At the end of the day, if designed and organized carefully, resimercial workspace can do wonders for your business. On the other hand, there is always a risk present that you will create a place that will be… well, counterproductive. Some people tend to misunderstand this idea and create a playground instead of an office. Even though this might seem a bit odd, sometimes, the nuances can prevail.
Leila Dorari is an entrepreneur, freelance writer and business-improvement enthusiast from Sydney. Currently, she is consulting companies on various effects different marketing solutions can have on their business. In her spare time you can usually find her window shopping.